VIDEO: Inbound and outbound train movement was temporarily suspended at Union Station after a Metra BNSF train to Aurora was evacuated just south of Union Station Thursday night due to a locomotive fire, officials say.
Train #1285 scheduled to leave Chicago Union Station at 6:31 experienced a “mechanical failure causing a small fire,” according to Metra’s website. The fire was inside a locomotive and was out by 7:05 p.m., according to a tweet from the Chicago Fire Department.
A spokesman for CFD said crews responded to a report of a rubbish fire just outside the station around 6:20 p.m. but arrived to find a locomotive with fire coming out of the roof.
Firefighters were using lines to cool the engine as of 7:09 p.m.
About 100 people were safely evacuated from the train, which was not moving.
“No smoke was ever inside the station,” the spokesman said. No injuries were reported.
Metra is investigating the scene.
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A local fire department is launching an initiative to recruit more members. Monroe Township Fire is now accepting applications for live-in firefighters and EMTs.
“If we can get them the education, the training, the experience, and the testing they need, we can get where they need to be," says Captain Michaelle Jaeger.
The program allows licensed EMTs to receive firefighter training while also working on their education.
"Their number one job while they are here is to help us with calls, but that is almost equal to being a student," says Jaeger.
The hope is that by the time they are finished, they will be ready to start a career in the field.
“They will utilize any tools here and experience the training that we do. It will be reinforced by opening cabinets and being immersed in that culture," says Chief Deputy Richard Wilson.
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A gas line was struck during excavation work in Monmouth Thursday afternoon.
Monmouth Fire Chief Casey Rexroat said Monmouth police, fire and city works crews responded to North G Street and West Harlem Avenue at about 2:03 p.m. for a gas line that was hit.
That was at the job site of the new Warren County YMCA Pattee Water Park.
“They hit a gas line that was not marked. I don’t think anyone realized the gas line was there,” Rexroat said.
Nearby houses were evacuated as a precaution and Rexroat said fire crews remained at the intersection for about an hour. No injuries were reported.
“Most of the gas was carried away by the wind, and that type of gas naturally rises,” Rexroat said. Fire crews “monitored the area until Ameren Illinois arrived and sealed the leak off.”
Sam Brooks, executive director of the Warren County YMCA, said Thursday that the work started about a handful of days ago.
Carbondale firefighters have new equipment that will help them better serve citizens of the city.
A grant from FEMA allowed the city to purchase 29 air packs and masks. The devices deliver fresh air to the firefighters while they work.
These new devices reduce fatigue, and offer improved communication. The new air packs will extend work time from thirty minutes to forty-five.
Mike Hertz, Carbondale Fire Chief, says the extended time is an asset to the entire community.
“Time matters in our field. In this job, minutes and seconds count. So, if we have the best, the most comfortable for us to be able to do our jobs, it’s better for the citizens, for the community," Hertz said.
The new gear in total cost just under $200,000 but thanks to the grant from FEMA, the city only covered roughly ten percent of the total cost.
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